Australian News and Analysis

Opposition to offshore processing growing

Opposition to offshore processing growing

August 9, 2016 at 10:22 am

The Australia Institute conducted a poll of more than 1400 people last month and found that 63% of respondents were opposed to the policy of denying settlement to refugees who arrive in Australia by boat. This is a policy supported by both the major parties. The findings highlight that a […]

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Fines for 7-Eleven franchisees

Fines for 7-Eleven franchisees

August 8, 2016 at 2:50 pm

In the latest instalment of the 7-Eleven wage rip-off saga, franchisees from a Melbourne store have been fined $150,000 for underpaying 12 of their staff $84,000. While this wage theft took place the franchisees built up a $3 million property investment portfolio. International students and migrants are disproportionately targeted by […]

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Perth mosque attacked

Perth mosque attacked

August 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

A mosque and Islamic college in the south eastern suburbs of Perth were targeted in a religiously motivated attack in late June. A car was set on fire and a nearby wall tagged with an anti-Islamic slogan while hundreds of Muslims were inside praying. Australia has seen an increase in […]

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The return of Pauline Hanson

The return of Pauline Hanson

August 4, 2016 at 10:34 am

The recent federal election saw a decisive shift away from the established parties. Around 26% of people voted for candidates outside of the major parties. Quite significantly, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party won 4.1% of the national Senate vote. While counting continues, Pauline Hanson herself has been provisionally elected to […]

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CUB sacks maintenance workers

CUB sacks maintenance workers

August 3, 2016 at 9:56 am

In a bastard act reminiscent of the Patrick waterfront dispute, Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) unilaterally sacked 55 maintenance workers at its Abbotsford plant in late June. This is an attempt to get rid of well-paid union members and replace them with cheap non-union labour. CUB, now controlled by the […]

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VIC: Behind the CFA dispute

VIC: Behind the CFA dispute

August 2, 2016 at 9:26 am

Confusion, spin and lies billow around the dispute between the United Firefighters Union (UFU) and senior management of the Country Fire Authority (CFA). The union is campaigning to win safer conditions for firefighters and to boost the protection offered to the communities they serve. Negotiations began over three years ago […]

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Can divestment free refugees?

Can divestment free refugees?

July 28, 2016 at 11:05 am

The issue of refugees detained on Manus Island (PNG) and Nauru is again attracting resistance. Anti-deportation actions have had some partial successes, while #LetThemStay trended following the refusal of Brisbane doctors’ to sign off on the deportation of sick children. In late April, the Papua New Guinean Supreme Court ruled […]

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Tasmania’s unnecessary energy crisis

Tasmania’s unnecessary energy crisis

July 27, 2016 at 1:39 pm

An outage of the Basslink cable plunged Tasmania into a six-month long energy crisis. Industrial production at major producers had to be slowed, with the state left relying on emergency diesel generators to avoid widespread blackouts. The Basslink cable runs along the Bass Straight between Victoria and Tasmania, capable of […]

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Fight for free education for all!

Fight for free education for all!

July 22, 2016 at 10:48 am

During the last term of government the Liberals wanted to allow universities to set their own course fees. This sparked a major backlash as it was revealed that under the plans degrees could cost $100,000 or more. In the lead up to the election the Liberals appeared to walk away […]

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40 years on, time to replicate the 1976 Medibank strike

40 years on, time to replicate the 1976 Medibank strike

July 21, 2016 at 11:03 am

A damning report published by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) earlier this year confirmed what many Australians already know: Medicare faces “a growing funding crisis”. The AMA’s annual health report card warned that “things will get much worse in the coming years unless the (government) reverses its drastic cuts from […]

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